Heart Disease: Pharaohs Had It, Too

'Part of the human condition,' so fast food not only culprit
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 7:20 PM CST
A mummy enters a CT scanner tube set up outside of the Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities in Cairo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In a finding that pokes holes in the thinking that our modern fast-food lifestyle is behind heart disease, scientists have discovered that Egypt’s mummies, too, had hardened arteries. “Atherosclerosis is not just a disease of modern times,” one researcher tells WebMD. “It’s part of the human condition.” CT scans found some evidence of hardening in nine of 16 mummies; one skeptic notes that only the upper classes—more likely to eat a rich diet—could be mummified.